Tony Mazur

Tony Mazur

Romona Robinson is not originally from Northeast Ohio, but you wouldn’t know that based on her commitment to the community. Whether she is on a local newscast or speaking at a church, she has made a pledge to spread the positive news of the world.

Romona joined the Ray Horner Morning Show, hosted by Tony Mazur, to promote her new book, A Dirt Road to Somewhere. A decade-long labor of love has come to fruition in the form of print, and it is an inspiring story of being raised in a small, poverty-stricken town to having the chance to interview presidents. Romona also talks about her embrace of Northeast Ohio over her 30-year career in Cleveland television.

Romona’s day job is as the evening anchor for Cleveland 19 News, after spending a 15-year run at WKYC Channel 3. A Dirt Road to Somewhere from Halo Publishing is available on Amazon, as well as her website,

Firestone senior soccer player Jacob Weber is the 1590 WAKR male Student Athlete of the Week for September 8th-15th.

Jacob is a four-year letter winner in soccer for the Falcons. His team has excelled thus far in 2017, even with seven seniors graduating from last year’s program. He is one of three captains on the team, and has had a terrific season after seven games.

"This has probably been my best year in enjoying the sport,” says Jacob. “[Especially] with the people I’ve been around and the team I’m on.”

That team is 5-1-1 in the fall season under Coach Michael Householder with a lot of help from underclassmen.

"We all like each other,” Jacob says. "None of us have issues with each other."

In addition to soccer, Jacob is well-rounded with his athletic activities. He says soccer is where his passion is, but he is an avid bowler. While his soccer career may end in high school, he may look to bowl in college.

Speaking of college, Jacob plans on attending the University of Akron after graduation, with Business and Economics as his major.

Delaney Stecz of Green is this week’s 1590 WAKR female Student Athlete of the Week.

Delaney is a soccer player for the Bulldogs. Delaney was first introduced to soccer at the tender age of five. Whether it was by her parents or cousins, she always had motivation to play the game.

"My whole family loves and plays soccer,” she says.

A three-year letter winner in soccer, Delaney says she loves being a part of her Bulldog team.

“I love being a part of the environment,” says Delaney. “We play for each other. I love being part of the team."

Delaney’s motivation is not just centered on the field, but in the classroom as well, being a two-year letter winner in the National Scholar Academy. She is also active in the community, volunteering with the Key Club and the National Honors Society.

When she is not on the field or at school, Delaney is earning some extra cash working at a local doughnut shop part-time.

After high school, Delaney plans on attending Edinboro University.

Make that 21 wins in a row for the Cleveland Indians, an American League record for consecutive victories. This is a feat that has not happened in nearly a century, and it takes a team effort.

Tom Hamilton, the voice of the Tribe, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to talk about what he has seen from the broadcast booth. Hamilton believes the Indians turned their season around in the month of August, when they had to face a number of above.-500 teams, which he says was a separator. He points to the two starts against Chris Sale where the offense “manhandled” the Cy Young hopeful.

Going forward, the Indians’ voice talked about what to expect when Jason Kipnis and Andrew Miller are healthy, as well as if fans will see Michael Brantley again this season.

A few weeks ago, Ward 4 councilman Russ Neal created a proposal for the city of Akron to distance themselves from Columbus Day. This news came around the time when Oberlin dropped Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, though not everyone in Akron was as gun-ho about a potential change.

In fact, in the city council chambers, the topic and corresponding votes were divided among racial lines, with all of the black council members voting ‘yes’ to drop Columbus Day.

Though he understands Neal’s concerns, Ward 2 councilman Bruce Kilby voted ‘no’ on the measure. Kilby spoke on the Ray Horner Morning Show of the “contentious” atmosphere in the chambers, and how the measure appeared to be more divisive than helpful and progressive. Kilby says he does not mind instilling an Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but is not in favor of ditching Columbus Day, either.

Kilby also said he was glad they voted on the measure when they did so they can “put [the issue] to bed.” He feels racial lines in the Akron area have been “pretty good” when compared to other major cities, especially in recent memory.

Councilman Neal also joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to recap the meeting and vote. Neal believes the decision to retain Columbus Day in Akron is “disheartening,” but claims the discussion will continue.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 08:17

1590 WAKR Student Athlete of the Week: Dylan Erks

This week's 1590 WAKR Male Student Athlete of the Week is Dylan Erks from Archbishop Hoban High School.

Dylan is a standout golfer for the Knights under head coach Dylan Parker. His golf feats began as a youngster.

"My dad always put a club in my hand," Erks said. His focus on golf kicked into high gear around the ages of 12 and 13.

Dylan scouts the top PGA golfers on tour such as Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, and others. He was lucky enough to watch Tyler Light in person at the US Open over the summer.

Erks enjoys the students and the faculty at Hoban, especially Late Start Thursdays. He is a member of Peer Mentors and the Gourmet Food Club, and also finds time to pitch for the Knights baseball team.

Free time activities for Dylan include hanging out with friends and family, as well as taking in some horror movies.

Best of luck to Dylan on into his future.

This week, our 1590 WAKR Female Student Athlete of the Week is Madison Byler, a junior soccer player for the Ellet Orangemen.

Madison says she started playing soccer at the age of four and her love of the sport is contagious among her teammates.

“I really love playing the sport and teaching it as well,” Byler says.

Madison plays defense for the Orangemen and she takes pride in keeping the other team off the scoreboard with a couple of her fellow teammates.

Madison is a captain for the Lady Orangemen this season for coach Justin Dimengo, and she says she's becoming more comfortable being a vocal leader, but it's her example the younger girls follow.

“I would say I'm more of a leader by example,” she says. “I haven't been a captain very long, so I am still sometimes nervous to be a leader vocally, but I am getting better.”

Madison is undecided on whether or not she will play soccer in college, but she does plan on majoring in Psychology.

We at 1590 WAKR wish Madison the best in all of her future endeavors.

On Sunday afternoon, news of Chief James Nice’s resignation from the Akron Police Department broke, which prompted immediate speculation. Mayor Dan Horrigan called a 12:30 press conference on Monday to clear up any confusion.

On Tuesday, Mayor Horrigan and Kenneth Ball, the new chief of police, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss Nice’s resignation and how the city will move forward. Horrigan is a firm believer in accountability and transparency in his cabinet, and he demands the same in other departments as far as maintaining that trust in the community. Ball reiterated those comments.

Many surmised the resignation was due to the suicide of the teenager inside the police cruiser, but both the mayor and chief stressed this was an unrelated incident.

A new school year has begun at the University of Akron, and the atmosphere and the vibes are quite positive.

Matthew Wilson, the president of the university, joined the Ray Horner Morning Show to discuss all that is happening around the campus for 2017-2018. Wilson has met with the new freshman class, and says the student housing is currently at its peak. The new class, according to Wilson, is from all over the state, not just confined to the immediate area.

Wilson also mentioned some cosmetic changes around the campus. One of those facelifts is a $21 million renovation of the School of Law.

After six seasons, four all-star game appearances, three NBA Finals visits, and one championship, Kyrie Irving is now a member of the Boston Celtics.

John Michael, the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers, talked to the Ray Horner Morning Show about the Irving trade, with brought Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a future first round draft pick to town. Michael talked about the value the Cavs received from the pick, in that it addresses the need for another scoring point guard, a solid defender, and a pick for the future.

The voice of the Cavs also shared his thoughts on the falling out between Irving and LeBron James, how that relationship was beyond repair and needed a fix. Michael also addressed rumors on a potential buyout for Dwayne Wade with the Chicago Bulls, with many believing the aging shooting guard would head to Cleveland.

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